Montero goes deep twice in Tampa win


Two years ago today on DotF, Roger Clemens struck out six in six shutout innings for Triple-A Scranton.

Mike Ashmore’s Ask The Thunder feature is back, so make sure you take the opportunity to ask your favorite Double-A Trenton player why he’s so awesome.

Triple-A Scranton (5-4 loss to Syracuse)
Reegie Corona, Austin Jackson & Juan Miranda: all 1 for 5 – Ajax drove in a run & K’ed … Miranda doubled, drove in a run & K’ed twice
Todd Linden & Shelley Duncan: both 2 for 4 – Linden doubled, was hit by a pitch, scored a run & K’ed … Shelley drew a walk & K’ed
John Rodriguez: 1 for 3, 1 R, 2 BB, 1 K – threw a runner out at third from LF
Chris Stewart & Eric Duncan: both 2 for 5 – Stewart scored a run & K’ed … E-Dunc doubled, drove a run in & scored another
Doug Bernier: 0 for 2, 1 RBI, 1 BB, 2 K
Casey Fossum: 4.1 IP, 5 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 3 BB, 3 K, 6-3 GB./FB – 42 of 69 pitches were strikes (60.9%) … first time he’s allowed more than two runs in a start for SWB
Edwar Ramirez: 1.2 IP, 3 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 1 BB, 1 K, 3-0 GB/FB – 15 of 25 pitches were strikes (60%)
Jon Albaladejo: 2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 1 K, 4-1 GB/FB – 17 of 28 pitches were strikes (60.7%)

Double-A Trenton (7-2 loss to New Britain)
Justin Snyder & Colin Curtis: both 1 for 4, 1 R – Snyder drew a walk … Curtis doubled & drove in a run
Chris Malec: 2 for 3, 1 2B, 1 RBI, 1 HBP - 13 for 31 (.419) in his last 8 games
Noah Hall: 1 for 3, 1 BB
Edwar Gonzalez & Jose Gil: both 0 for 4, 1 K
Kevin Smith & James Cooper: both 1 for 4 - Smith K’ed & committed a fielding error
Marcos Vechionacci: 0 for 3, 1 HBP
Ryan Pope: 1 IP, 5 H, 6 R, 3 ER, 1 BB, 1 K, 0-2 GB/FB – eek
Josh Schmidt: 3 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 5 K, 1-3 GB/FB
Wilkins Arias: 1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 2 K, 0-1 GB/FB
Eric Wordekemper: 1 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 0 K, 3-0 GB/FB
Kanekoa Texeira: 2 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 2 BB, 2 K, 4-0 GB/FB – 12-14 K/BB ratio in his last 10 games (24.2 IP)

High-A Tampa (8-3 win over Fort Myers)
Austin Krum, Eric Fryer & Walt Ibarra: all 1 for 5, 1 R – Krum doubled, drew a walk & K’ed … Fryer K’ed three friggin’ times … Ibarra committed a throwing error
Jesus Montero: 3 for 4, 3 R, 2 HR, 4 RBI – 7.27 AB/XBH this year after 10.07 last year
Austin Romine: 1 for 5, 1 R, 1 SB – allowed a stolen base
Brandon Laird: 2 for 4, 1 R, 1 BB, 2 K
Matt Cusick: 2 for 3, 1 2B, 1 RBI, 2 BB – got a nice little 8 game hit streak going
Mitch Hilligoss: 0 for , 1 RBI, 1 BB
Jack Rye: 1 for 5, 1 K – threw a runner out at second from RF
DJ Mitchell: 6 IP, 3 H, 2 R, 1 ER, 2 BB, 8 K, 2 WP, 6-3 GB/FB – 64-12 K/BB ratio in 52.1 IP
Tim Norton: 2 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 1 K, 2-3 GB/FB
Jon Hovis: 1 IP, zeroes, 1 K, 1-1 GB/FB

Low-A Charleston‘s game was suspended in the seventh inning due to rain. The River Dogs were leading 2-0 at the time, thanks to Brett Marshall and his six scoreless innings of work. They’re going to finish the game up tomorrow, so I’ll update the stats then,

Categories : Down on the Farm


  1. If I had a vagina, Jesus Montero would make it wet.

    /way too graphic.

  2. Dorian says:

    Could we just promote Montero now? I mean we could use a right handed bat. (THIS IS A JOKE, but not really lmao)

  3. EvoLuTioN says:

    unfortunately edwar ruined the smile that montero brought

  4. Andy In Sunny Daytona says:

    Mike, would Greenville only get to bat in the 7th and then the game would be over? Is it considered a double-header? I need answers, man! and can’t, or won’t help me.

    • Mike Axisa says:

      No, they play a full nine innings for the suspended game. I’m pretty sure they’ll play nine innings for the second game as well, but I could be wrong.

  5. Accent Shallow says:

    Whole lot of “Who?” playing for Trenton in that old DOTF . . .

    Glad to see Mitchell continuing to kick ass and take names, as well as Brett Marshall to show that he’s not overmatched in Charleston.

    As for Jesus, let’s just say I heard his mother is a virgin.

  6. Drew says:

    I dunno what happen to E-Ram. I thought he made some progress last year. If he can’t locate a 92 mph fastball he’ll have issues.

  7. Drew says:

    It seems like Mitchell always has a good outing. When should we start seeing some of these guys be moved up? Cough Cough Venditte Cough.

    • Mike Axisa says:

      Soon, usually promotions start happening around early June.

      • FL Yank says:

        Is it me or does it seem that Mitchell is a straight bulldog on the mound? The K/BB ratio is sick as is the BB/9 and K/9. Is he just not afraid to throw strikes, is it his stuff, or is it his age relative to the Hi-A batters?

        • pat says:

          He’s just dirty yo. His age isn’t really an issue he’s only 22. He goes after people with a good sinker and if they foul it off a few times he goes for the kill with the change.

          • FL Yank says:

            Sinker/change combo huh? Now that is something you don’t see very often. I’m trying to think of other pitchers I’ve seen over the years that have those two pitches as their main offerings and nothing’s coming to mind heh.

            • pat says:

              To be honest, the guy at says it was a fringy slurve/slider thing that he refined into a good curveball. Obviously you take what he says with a grain of salt, but he tends to be correct when reporting everybody’s arsenal.

        • Clemson Rob says:

          I saw DJ pitch when I was attending Clemson. The problem is that he is still a little raw. He came to Clemson as primarily an outfielder and then settled into the pitcher role later.

  8. Stryker says:

    i know it’s VERY early, but what’s the floor/ceiling for brett marshall? i remember reading/hearing about the yankees giving this guy the world in order to sign him.

    • John says:

      Mike’s take:

      Give me upside or give me death, and Marshall certainly has considerable upside. He still has some projection left, so he could add a tick or two to his fastball as he finishes maturing. The raw package is basically everything you could ask for from a prep pitcher: two fastballs with life, put-away breaking ball and feel for a change-up. I love the pick, and getting the kid for under a million is just icing on the cake.

      so im guessing #1 starter is ceiling?

    • daneptizl says:

      Poor man’s Roy Oswalt. Altough a pretty wealthy poor man.

      • dan says:

        Maybe in size, but not in style. Oswalt is extremely strange in that he throws very hard, but doesn’t K guys and doesn’t walk them. Marshall will have more K’s and probably worse control.

    • Mike R. - Retire 21 says:

      Huge ceiling! Better than a #1 or #2! He could be an 8th inning guy!

  9. steve (different one) says:

    when did the yankees sign josh towers? missed that one.

  10. daneptizl says:

    7 errors by Fort Meyers. Terrible.

  11. V says:

    If Montero were a LF or 1B prospect, would he be in AA already, do you think?

    • Mike Axisa says:

      Maybe, but probably not. He’s still just 19, and he’s barely got 150 Hi-A at-bats to his credit.

    • Jeff not Nelson says:

      I’m hoping Montero moves up to AA soon. I’d love to be able to see him in Trenton. His offense is AA ready, but where are his catching skills at currently? Not being strong behind the plate would be the only reason to keep him at A ball. If he could be in the majors as a catcher by 21 or 22 that would be really impressive considering Posada was 26 when he got regular time in 1997.

      • Bill says:

        Honestly at some point it might be a good idea to seperate Montero and Romine. I know having them split time at C keeps them fresh, but it also takes some development away from them. With Montero’s bat looking AA ready and with Cervelli probably going to AAA when Jorge and Molina are fully healthy there should be an opening for Montero to be the primary C in AA. Catching more frequently might be better for his development. I guess the question is though will the higher level demand too much of him there?

        Its still too early to consider this move, but later on in the season it could become a possbility.

  12. pat says:

    Laird’s not really putting together the season I envisioned.

  13. T. Ryans says:

    What kind of prospect is DJ Mitchell? He’s been doing very well.

    • dan says:

      He’s of the B!U!S!T! variety

    • Mike Axisa says:

      Solid prospect, in retrospect I should have ranked him in my Top 30. Misses more bats than I thought, and he’s strike thrower. Nice combo.

      • pat says:

        He allegedly took his crappy college offspeed pitches and went to work on them as soon as he was drafted. Apparently they’re pretty good now.

        • V says:

          From BP: “Movin’ On Up: Right-hander D.J. Mitchell received a lot of late-spring buzz at Clemson and earned a $500,000 bonus as a tenth-round selection. His sinker/slider combination and outstanding athleticism drew plenty of praise from scouts as he kept his ERA under two at Single-A Charleston before moving on to the High-A Florida State League.”

      • So, Derek Lowe-lite?

  14. Mike R. - Retire 21 says:

    I read Mayo’s scouting report on Ben Tootle today. It screams Yankee draft pick.

    * Power arm.
    * Small school.
    * Strong showing in the Cape Cod league.
    * Missed a month due to a virus.
    * Lost a ton of weight due to the virus. Lost some velocity due to the weight loss.

    Any thoughts?

  15. Doug says:

    montero is now tied for 4th in batting average and 2nd in OPS. and, oh yeah, HE’S 19! (actually 19 1/2 today)

    • ChrisS says:

      And in 23 games at C in AA, he’s allowed 3 passed balls and thrown out 8 of 55 base stealers (15%).

      Obviously, the guy is a horse with the stick. But I don’t see any reason to continue developing him as a C. They may as well start the 1B/DH training. If Teixeira finishes out his contract with the Yankees, Montero would only be 27. The last few years of that contract he and Teixeira could switch out at 1B/DH.

      • ChrisS says:

        Whoops, I meant A not AA.

      • Doug says:

        interesting breakdown of his season stats: .416 w 7 HRs in 77 ABs as a DH vs .265 w 0 HRs in 83 ABs as a catcher.

        i see the value of trying to make him into a catcher, but he is limited defensively, esp in throwing out baserunners as he’s very slow in the ball transfer.

        i personally would move him to LF as i read yesterday that he’d have a shot there.

        • Andy In Sunny Daytona says:

          In my irrelevant opinion, I think he should remain at catcher. He doesn’t have much speed. I don’t think that he could play the outfield very well. He could play first but with very little range. He has a good arm, he receives the ball well, he blocks the plate nicely, he justs needs to work on the transition to throwing the ball.

          • Doug says:

            but since i am no expert, is that something that you can work on?

            i’d hate to waste his bat for a couple of years as he tries to work out the kinks as a catcher, and then ends up moving positions anyway

  16. Manimal says:

    Who is this Montero kid?! Call him up ASAP!1!!!!1!11

    For real though, the kid is more of a machine than Albert Pujols.

  17. handtius says:

    Brett Marshall – 6in 1bb 9ks? nice.

  18. ChrisS says:

    Montero is 4th in the Yankees minor league organization in total bases, trailing only some dude named Dave Duncan, Todd Linden, and Melky Mesa. And he’d be 8th if you include the ML guys (who have more PAs).

  19. Reggie C. says:

    ROTOWORLD: “The big game came as a designated hitter, which is no surprise. Montero is hitting .416 with seven homers in 77 at-bats as a DH this year and .265 with no homers in 83 at-bats as a catcher. Maybe the Yankees should take it as a hint, since he’s not much of a catcher anyway. Montero could have All-Star potential as a designated hitter. Obviously, he’s not going to play first base for the Yankees.”

    LOOK AT THOSE SPLITS. Could be in Trenton very soon and if Montero’s kept at DH, the Yanks could utilize Cervelli and eventually Romine at catcher for years to come.

    • Doug says:

      i’d hate to make him the DH as that spot should be reserved for some mid-30s guy who can’t play the field anymore (ala matsui and soon, posada).

      i’d see if he can play either of the corner OF positions

      • Reggie C. says:

        Well if Jermaine Dye can still play a starting corner OF job, may be Montero has a shot. Dye mustve been a terrific athlete in his younger days. I don’t know If Montero’s physical ability would even allow that transition.

        I really think he gets the Dh slot.

        • Doug says:

          “I don’t know If Montero’s physical ability would even allow that transition.”

          i’m not sure either, but i have yet to hear one non-yankee scout say he can remain behind the plate at the big league level.

      • JP says:


        Why couldn’t we have a SS with this kind of talent?

  20. JohnC says:

    Great outing by Marshall. Looks like he has finally found his groove. Mitchell continues to impress at a higher level. Trenton has the makings of a pretty sick rotation if all these guys stay healthy. McAllister, Nova, Garcia and DeLa Rosa. The one guy I am disappointed with is Damon Sublett. Guy was a hitting machine 2 years ago and last year before he got hurt. In ST he was absolutely raking but has been really bad so far. Hope he picks it up.

  21. Am I the only Kevin? says:

    Any projection on when Suttle will be back?

  22. JP says:

    I had no idea Albaladejo and Edwar were at SWB. Huh. Does Tomko have options? I’m guessing not…

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